Unwind in Wine Country: A Spa Day in McMinnville

Vacationing in McMinnville?  Start your day with wine tasting, and end it with a relaxing pedicure with friends.  Are you sore from logging too many miles on your road bike? There’s nothing quite like a deep tissue massage to work out all the kinks. Still holding onto stress and tension? A hot stone massage will…

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McMinnville Tiny Travels

The best place to go in McMinnville after the election This is my gift to you: a story about a place where you can spend time with an artist’s view of our world. In what feels like a season of division and torment, I am thankful for that place that exists in my hometown: The…

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Thanksgiving Weekend in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country

Thanksgiving Weekend is a special time in McMinnville.  Wineries open their doors with special wines and offerings, restaurants offer seasonal dishes, retail shops celebrate the season, and did we mention the day-after-Thanksgiving parade with Santa? Below are McMinnville area winery events during Thanksgiving Weekend (for more details on events and special offerings, click on the…

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McMinnville Tiny Travels

The perfect time to hike an Oregon oak savanna is now The landscapes of postcards and the landscapes of the heart are not always one in the same. This idea took hold of me this year just as the leaves yellowed on rows of grapevines in wine country and the rains returned and we found…

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Willamette Valley Nominated for Wine Enthusiast Award

Oregon’s Willamette Valley Nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s Prestigious 2016 Wine Star Award for “Wine Region of the Year” Portland, Ore. – Just over fifty years ago, David Lett, founder of The Eyrie Vineyards, planted the Willamette Valley’s first Pinot noir. Others soon joined the quest, giving rise to an entire wine industry known for its…

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McMinnville Tiny Travels

With small town baked goods, a delicate dance in scarcity When you live in a place long enough, perhaps you, too might start to set your watch by an intimate knowledge of when your favorite dessert is made.   It’s been the same every place we’ve lived since my husband and I got married, but…

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12th Annual Oregon Truffle Festival in McMinnville – January 2017

SAVE-THE-DATE FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL, BRINGING CULINARY THOUGHT LEADERS TO THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY THIS WINTER The premiere celebration of native truffles in the U.S. will host Harold McGee and Dave Arnold during the festival which runs from January 20-29, 2017 Eugene, Ore.  — The Oregon Truffle Festival returns to the Willamette Valley…

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McMinnville Tiny Travels

Confessions of a Closet Cruise Director There’s this thing that happens when people visit my family in McMinnville. The second I learn someone I know is coming to town it is as if invisible hands have tied a short navy scarf around my neck and I morph into this person: chipper, scheming, managerial, someone with…

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McMinnville Wine Walk App Now Live!

Last month, the city of McMinnville, Oregon launched their Wine Walk Passport, a new way for visitors to track their McMinnville winery tastings. As of mid-July, wine lovers will be able to download the Wine Walk smartphone app on both iPhone and Android phones, making it even easier to gain access to pertinent information such as hours, location,…

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